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2023 Main Stage Lineup!

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PEDRO CORDIERO

A FRESH TAKE ON THE BLUES

Pedro is a Brazilian guitarist/songwriter with heavy blues influences and a guitar driven sound that you can hear on "Wake Up", available now! 
 Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pedro started his music career at 17, playing in bars and pubs around the city, with different bands and projects. 
 The release of the EP "The Greenhouse Sessions" and the album "Wake Up" marks the start of his career as a solo artist, and it features a free and soulful sound, recorded live and among friends. Check it out! 
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BLUE MOUNTAIN TRIBE

“It’s all about raising awareness, helping others, and making the world a better place”

Back in the mid-2000s in Tehachapi, California, father and son duo Robin and Caleb Hairston set out to create an all-Native American blues and rock band—and that’s exactly what they did.

As a “band of brothers,” the Blue Mountain Tribe began creating original songs focused on Native American experiences, and they instantly became a hit.

Since its formation, the band has received numerous accolades. The song “Pray for Our Planet” alone has earned significant global achievements. Written in the wake of COVID-19 after the highly-respected Chief Arvol Looking Horse asked Blue Mountain Tribe to pray for healing, the song has won Best Music Video at the INDO French International Film Festival, the Latino and Native American Film Festival, and the Las Vegas Film Festival. 

Blue Mountain Tribe continues to produce award-winning music, but their mission isn’t about garnering wealth and fame. It’s all about raising awareness, helping others, and making the world a better place. Conveying themes of inspiration and love but also pain and rage, the band’s songs represent not just each member’s own Indigenous heritage but all 500+ original Nations.

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KELLY'S LOT

Kelly's Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes, a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With 15 CDs and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band celebrates 29 years since the first night the band hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met Texas guitar player and soundman, Perry Robertson in 1996, who soon after produced ‘Kelly’s Lot - Live at the Troubadour’. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the southern rock and Texas Blues influences that have helped shape the Kelly's Lot sound. In the last 10 years they have played some of the larger festivals like BeachLife Ranch, Waterfront Blues Festival, Happoy Face Music Festival, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Nuits de Sologne and Lavaudieu Music Festival. Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Perry has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the 2019 release 'Can't Take My Soul’ which brought the Duo back to it's Americana roots. They recorded 2 more albums during the 2020/21 pandemic. ‘ANOTHER SKY’ which features a variety of genres including the folk song 'Foolish Try' which was placed in the new Ghostbusters movie Afterlife. And ‘WHERE AND WHEN’ which took the Duo back to the blues in a LIVE and acoustic fashion.  Kelly and Perry hit the road again to Europe in August of 2023 and brought their music to folks in France and Croatia and plan on returning next year. Kelly Z and Perry are currently writing and recording 2 new albums for a 2024 release to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kelly's Lot. Stay tuned, they are just getting started!

CHRIS THAYER and the TCB

CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB (formerly Big Papa and the TCB) was born in the back alleys and seedy after hours parties in juke joints. Their high energy blend of blues, R&B and rock is a guaranteed good time. They have released six full length albums and their newest EP, “Where There’s Smoke, Part 1” is available on all streaming platforms. 

 

They’ve had songs appear in television and films, including their song, "GO BIG PAPA!" being used in the national television ad campaign by Papa John's Pizza CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB has also garnered several awards. They won "Best Song" and "Best Blues Album" at the 2008 Inland Empire Music Awards for their second CD, 12 GAUGE INSURANCE PLAN. Their first disc, NICE 'N' GREAZY, won three 2007 Inland Empire Music Awards, including “Best Live Band,” “Best Blues Album” and “Best Song." Likewise, they were nominated for Best Swing in the 2008 Orange County Music Awards.

 

The current lineup is by far the best this band has ever been.

 

CHRIS THAYER is on vocals and guitar. He’s joined by original bassist and longtime friend Steve Brown on bass. Maurice Oliva and Jeff Waldon are on saxophones, Hebie Castro is on drums and Caleb Roseberry is on guitar. 

 

 Formed in 2006, CHRIS THAYER AND THE TCB have taken audiences by storm all across the Western US with their mixture of jump blues, rock and swing. They have shared the stage with blues legends like Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Hunter and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers. 

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FUZZY RANKIN

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins, an accomplished vocalist and guitarist, had the opportunity as a youth to play and tour with gospel artists Shirley Caesar, Al Green, Five Blind Boys, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Gospel Keynotes, James Cleveland, and many others. At 19, Fuzzy formed his own gospel group, God’s Angels. He eventually expanded his music and organized an R&B group called the 14 Karat Band that toured and performed with R&B artists Tone Tone, Roy Clark, Basic Black, Patty Labelle, and Gerald Levert. Fuzzy moved to California in 1990 where he met blues and jazz performer Fro Brigham. Playing guitar with Fro’s group, he discovered the diversity of the blues. In 1992, Fuzzy and the Bluesmen was formed. 

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FATHERDADDY

The refreshingly lyrical music of fatherdaddy offers classic solutions to modern problems. Since 2020, the Southern California quintet has been electrifying audiences with a hearty cocktail of gritty Blues with a hard-hitting, modern twist. From the first note to the last, their soulful melodies and electrifying grooves tell stories of unconventional scenarios. fatherdaddy plays post-modern Blues with enthusiasm and are definitely not generic in any way.

SHAWN JONES

Shawn Jones is an international touring Roots/Americana/Blues/Rock musician of over 30 years based in Southern California. Shawn tours with his band of “A level” touring/studio musicians as well as having a very dynamic solo show. Shawn performs over 200+ dates a year in the USA, UK, and EU. 

There are six studio album releases including Shawn’s new album “In My Blood” due out early 2024. The upcoming album is produced by legendary producer/engineer Niko Bolas and mastered by multi-Grammy winning mixing/mastering/producer Richard Dodd. The new release features world renowned musicians: Herman Matthews, Ramon Yslas, The Memphis Horns, Sam Bolle, Josie Aiello, and Philip Parlapiano. 

In recent years Shawn was invited to guest as opener for the five time Grammy winning legend Robert Cray on a 16 date theater tour of the UK and several shows in California.  

Shawn’s skills as a seasoned songwriter, guitarist and vocalist make him one of the most dynamic and relevant artists on today’s Americana/Roots/Blues/Rock music scene. Growing up in the heartland of Southern California, one of Shawn’s earliest recollections as a boy was playing guitars and harmonizing with his late father Danny Jones. That formidable experience led him to follow his dreams as a professional musician. 

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MATT LOMEO

At age 9 he a found a harmonica, and the Blues...

Matt subsequently became the youngest artist ever invited to perform at a Woodstock Festival, taking the stage for Woodstock '99 alongside his brother at the age of 10. Through his teen years and young adulthood, Lomeo never stopped performing, following his muse to New York City and later Memphis, TN, where he held court at Beale Street's World-Famous Club Handy.  

 

In the spring of 2018 Matt relocated to Los Angeles, CA, where he hosts the Backline Jam at Ireland's 32 Pub, frequented by some of the top Americana musicians in Southern California. The jam provides a valuable workshop for trying out new compositions and fostering connections in the musical community. Matt is a full-time member of Angela Petrilli & The Players and is featured on the up-and coming Blues Rock guitarist's all-original debut, The Voices EP (May 2023). No stranger to the world of Country music, Matt frequently collaborates with SoCal all-star group the California Cavalry Band, and plays harmonica throughout the Southwest in Tony Suraci's "Highwayman Show." In spring 2023, he joined the Los Angeles College of Music as an adjunct instructor, teaching Blues and Roots vocal styles to aspiring singers.

 

Matt's truest voice has emerged through his songwriting. His first all-original album produced by Grammy-nominee Terry Wilson (Teresa James, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Reed, Paul Kossoff) was released June 24, 2022.

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PADDY MARSH

Paddy Marsh, formerly of Crooked Eye Tommy, brings a taste of Acoustic Folk and Blues to another level. His powerful voice and outstanding guitar brings euphoria of the blues to your very soul. Paddy is becoming a force of his own among the Central coast blues lovers. His song writing and lyrics will have you dancin in your seat as he brings the story of the life he lives as a blues player.

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TERESA RUSSELL

Described as “the most awesome Female rock guitarist…ever!” this is simply an understatement – Teresa Russell is one of the best guitarists out there: male or female. She has performed all over the world and has shared the stage with guitar rockers such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Winter, Carl Palmer, Walter Trout, Carl Verheyen, Corby Yates and others.

Teresa, is the only female to ever qualify” in the top eight” for the national finals in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Guitar Center’s lead guitar competition, Guitarmageddon. Competing with over 2000 guitarists across the country, she accomplished this by winning the West regional in Los Angeles where she received “out-of-seat-thumbs-up” kudos from such Grammy award, celebrity judges/guitarists as Steve Lukather (Toto) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol).

 

Teresa started guitar lessons at age 7. She was playing teen halls, high schools and navy bases by age 9. At age 12, she was playing on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. With guitar influences such as Hendrix and Clapton, she rocked regularly at Gazzari’s and the Whiskey. Numerous tours TV and film appearances followed.

After attending Northridge University on a guitar scholarship, she hit the road to continue seasoning her rock chops in countless roadhouse bars throughout the western U.S. She later formed an all-female rock band and performed for several years on the Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe circuits.

After touring all over the world with Helen Reddy throughout the 80’s, Teresa decided to pursue projects of her own. She focused on her blues-rock roots with an aggressive style establishing a wide-spread fan base throughout southern California.

Left Coast Groovies

Formed in 2008 the Left Coast Groovies are a Southern Blues Rock Americana based jam band playing a mix of covers and original music. 

 Mike Fleming-Lead Vocals, Guitars, Jimmy Amason-Lead Guitar, Vocals, Wil Anderson-Bass Guitar, Kyle Burnham-Drums, Mark Infante-Harmonica, Vocals

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Dirty Pool Blues Band

A local dirty blues & old burned out rock band that's just

looking to play some good ole Rockin' Blues music with a few bonehead friends around town... and we'll throw down a few

classic rock tunes just to mix it up a tad bit. 

*Eric Ponce De Leon (guitar and lead vocals)
*Brian "HOOCH' Malfitano (bass & backup vocals)
*Rafael Santos (drums)
*Alan Garrison (vocals & harmonica) 

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Itchy Brother

Mister Wilson is a 4-piece rock outfit playing covers from the ‘60s through the 2000s. Band members…

• Tim Stonelake – vocals, guitar

• Gordon Hilton – vocals, guitar

• Tommy Sosebee – bass

• Dave Johnston – Drums

… are all long-time friends, experienced veterans of the tight-knit Bakersfield music scene, and also currently play in other bands, including Turquoise, Kali Sol, Left Coast Groovies, Elevation 406, Itchy Brother, Rearview Mirror, Deep Blue Dream, Pearl – A Janis Joplin Tribute, You Got Lucky – a Tom Petty Tribute, Captain Morgan and the Fish!

 

Formed in 2021, Mister Wilson went dark during the “Covid years”, then recently reformed and are moving ahead with shows in 2024. Their song choices are centered mostly around high-energy guitar-driven rock bands and include many that are seldom played by other bands.

 

Let’s party with Mister Wilson!

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